Definition of smorgasbord in English:

smorgasbord

noun

  • 1A range of open sandwiches and delicacies served as hors d'oeuvres or a buffet.

    • ‘With hosts Kannikar and Ib Ottesen supplying a Danish smorgasbord which included Norwegian salmon and Japanese Sashimi, it was certainly an international gathering.’
    • ‘We were invited for one of Bjarne's famous Saturday afternoon smorgasbords - a cosmopolitan late lunch, set around a large circular table, with the food in the centre on a carousel, Chinese banquet style.’
    • ‘Anchoring for lunch, the guests were presented with a smorgasbord, with the prawns and crab being particularly well received.’
    • ‘Since thematic units should run for more than a week, the author has provided below a smorgasbord of foods that can be mixed and matched for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.’
    • ‘Buffet costs range between $2.99 for some breakfast specials to $14.99 for some seafood-heavy smorgasbords.’
    cold table, cold meal, self-service, smorgasbord
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    1. 1.1 A wide range of something; a variety:
      ‘the album is a smorgasbord of different musical styles’
      • ‘The producers claim that the 52-episode programme will present a variety of Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil songs befitting a smorgasbord of emotions.’
      • ‘The reader will be served up a smorgasbord of events and issues that reflect the diversity of managing the national forests.’
      • ‘Trains enable tourists to sit back, relax and enjoy a smorgasbord of spectacular vistas of Taiwan's lush, verdant countryside, breathtaking mountains and tranquil coastlines.’
      • ‘This concert will feature an exciting smorgasbord of musical styles, ranging from gospel, jazz and folk to sacred and classical arrangements, both serious and funny.’
      • ‘I enjoyed the mix of articles in this first issue - it was a potpourri or smorgasbord of interesting material.’
      mixture, assortment, collection, selection, assemblage, medley, miscellany, melange, mix, variety, motley collection, mixed bag, patchwork, pastiche, blend
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Origin

Swedish, from smörgås (slice of) bread and butter (from smör butter + gås goose, lump of butter) + bord table.

Pronunciation:

smorgasbord

/ˈsmɔːɡəsbɔːd/